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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1994
Two Russian immigrants who may have pulled off the largest health care scam in U.S. history are scheduled for sentencing by a federal judge Sept. 19. Michael Smushkevich is a graduate of Moscow's Missile Construction Institute and reportedly has been linked to the KGB and Russian organized crime. He pleaded guilty March 16, 1993, to mail and wire fraud, money laundering, embezzlement and other charges. Assistant U.S. Atty.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1993
A Palos Verdes doctor faces more than 150 years in federal prison after his conviction on racketeering and fraud charges, a prosecutor said Friday. Dr. William O. Kupferschmidt, 51, was found guilty of complicity in a massive medical insurance fraud orchestrated by brothers David and Michael Smushkevich, prosecutor Lee Michaelson said. The Smushkevich brothers, who are Soviet nationals, and seven other defendants pleaded guilty to similar charges earlier this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1986 | JANE APPLEGATE, Times Staff Writer
A Huntington Beach woman who allegedly paid $9,400 to a Seal Beach health club owner and thousands of dollars to others in exchange for patient referrals to the diagnostic testing firm she represented went on trial Tuesday in federal court here. Catherine F. Brouwers, 28, was promoting health testing services for American Medical Diagnostics, a Montclair company owned by two brothers, David and Michael Smushkevich.
BUSINESS
September 10, 1992 | ROBERT A. ROSENBLATT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The General Accounting Office said Wednesday that California's ability to investigate massive Medicare frauds involving rolling laboratories has been severely "impaired" by a lack of money and personnel. Although the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles filed a massive indictment against 12 defendants charged with a $1-billion Medicare fraud last year, authorities were aware of at least six other similar operations but could not pursue them, the GAO said.
BUSINESS
December 22, 1992 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a prospectus published last year, National Health Laboratories attributed its 24% average annual sales growth rate since 1986 to "quality and prompt service, aggressive and responsive sales management and detailed cost controls." Fraud, apparently, also played an important role in the impressive growth of the La Jolla-based medical test lab chain. Now the company's future seems very much in doubt.
BUSINESS
March 28, 1998 | DAVID OLMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a case that renewed fears of organized crime moving into the lucrative health-care business, federal prosecutors have accused a Burbank medical laboratory of paying kickbacks to dozens of California doctors as part of a widespread billing fraud scheme. The complex scheme was allegedly masterminded by Dr. Aramais Paronyan, who runs Health Line Clinical Laboratory in Burbank and several other labs in California, prosecutors said Friday.
BUSINESS
May 22, 1990 | LINDA DARNELL WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Editor's note: Because of a production error, a portion of the following story did not appear in Sunday's edition in Orange County. We are reproducing the story in its entirety. Since 1988, a computer at Blue Shield of California has been spitting out suspicious health-insurance claims for referral to its special investigations department. Interestingly, many of the claims--more than $2.
NEWS
April 10, 1992 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Andrey Kuznetsov made his way in just two years from a dank cell in a Soviet prison camp to the glamour of the Beverly Hills art scene. Dashingly handsome, he seemed to always have a beautiful woman on his arm, a champagne glass in his hand and a scheme to make a million dollars overnight. Ten weeks ago, one of those illegal schemes got Kuznetsov, 28, killed.
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